TopSpeed Web acceleration FAQs
TopSpeed Web acceleration FAQs
The AOL TopSpeed Web acceleration technology is a feature designed to speed up the Web browsing experience on your AOL Desktop Software. The TopSpeed technology creates its own local browser cache on your computer and uses this cache to check for graphics before seeking out information on the AOL service. AOL TopSpeed helps protect members from phishing scams by automatically blocking access to known phishing sites. Please visit AOL Keyword: Safety or go to http://daol.aol.com/security/ for more information.
You can use TopSpeed with AOL 9.6, AOL 9.5, AOL 9.1, AOL Desktop, or any version of AOL 9.0. As long as you have sufficient free disk space and a properly set up firewall, you can take advantage of the TopSpeed Web acceleration technology.
How do I install the AOL TopSpeed software?
AOL TopSpeed is installed and supported automatically when you install any version of AOL 9.0 and AOL Desktop.
TopSpeed works on dial-up as well as high-speed connections.
The TopSpeed technology helps you save browsing time through compression and caching. The actual time saved, however, is difficult to measure. Your browsing experience is dependent on your network conditions and congestion as well as the server availability.
TopSpeed works automatically once installed. You don't have to change any settings to experience the enhanced browsing that TopSpeed provides. The only time TopSpeed is turned off by default is when it is blocked by a firewall or the space for the TopSpeed cache is insufficient.
To know how to turn on or turn off TopSpeed, you will need to know the version of the AOL Dekstop Software installed on your computer. You can find this information by following the instructions given in the online help article How do I determine the version of the AOL software I have?.
Please click the link corresponding to the version of the AOL Desktop Software installed on your computer for instructions to turn on or turn off TopSpeed Web acceleration.
TopSpeed Web acceleration is displayed in your Windows Task Manager or Close Programs window as either AOLWBSPD.EXE or AOLTPSPD.EXE.
Note: TopSpeed Web acceleration will restart itself the next time you start your AOL Desktop Software.
The cache in TopSpeed is separate from the cache for the browser. The TopSpeed cache has the latest technology that speeds up your Web browsing experience. Both caches may be used when you are browsing Web pages.
The TopSpeed cache varies in size depending on the space available on the hard disk.
Note: The contents of the cache are not available for viewing.
Most users will not need to clear the TopSpeed cache. However, if you experience significant performance problems while browsing the Web, clearing the TopSpeed cache may help fix the issue.
To know how to clear the cache, you will need to know the version of the AOL Desktop Software installed on your computer. You can find this information by following the instructions given in the help article How do I determine the version of the AOL Desktop Software I have?
Please click the link corresponding to the version of the AOL Desktop Software installed on your computer to know how to clear the TopSpeed cache.
You may need to configure your firewall appropriately to ensure that TopSpeed works well with it. Ensure that your firewall is set to allow full access for every AOL application, including the TopSpeed programs aoltsmon.exe and aoltpspd.exe.
Just like the AOL service, TopSpeed requires its own port. Instead of using port 5190, TopSpeed will search for an open port to connect within the range of port 11523. If port 11523 is not available, TopSpeed Web acceleration will attempt to use other ports like 11524, 11525, and 11526 to connect.
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